The Carmel City Council met Nov. 19 to discuss rezoning for an office building and using storm water fees to pay for an underground utility project.
What happened: The council rezoned 5.8 acres of land for a three-story office building at 10580 N. Illinois St.
What it means: Councilor Tony Green, who represents the area that includes the site, cast the lone vote against the rezone as he received feedback from nearby residents concerned with “commercial encroachment” in the area. However, he praised developer Steve Pittman for his transparency throughout the process and willingness to work with neighbors.
What happened: The council approved a $212,500 contract using storm water fees to reroute underground utilities near Civic Square.
What it means: Councilors Sue Finkam and Kevin Rider asked for council review of this item because they had questions about why storm water funds – which are required to be spent on storm water-related projects – were proposed to be used for a project that includes lighting and other seemingly-unrelated expenses. City Engineer Jeremy Kashman said many items in the project wouldn’t be done at this time without the storm water project and that fees have been spent in this way before.
What happened: The council approved transferring $101,000 within the 2018 Carmel Law Dept. budget.
What it means: City Attorney Doug Haney said his office isn’t requesting additional funds, only moving funds around to cover unexpected expenses, such as broken equipment and legal fees for projects that weren’t anticipated.